LQ: 8.0


Brain grade: 7.5
Fun score: 8.5

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 13+ Thinking Skills Used: ,


Magicka is an action game where the player takes on the role of a wizard to defeat hordes of enemies and gain more powerful spells and equipment.  By combining spell elements the player can cast a huge number of spells and experiment to create new ones to aid in the fight against the forces of darkness. The game features a single-player campaign mode and an online multiplayer mode where up to four players can work together to beat the campaign or team up to complete challenges in the arena.  The game employs a satirical sense of humor not meant for younger players and contains violence, blood, and gore.  For these reasons we recommend that Magicka only be played by players ages 13 and up.

This game is good for kids who need help with:


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Throughout Magicka the player will encounter a huge variety of enemies and combat situations. Your child will find that knowing how to adapt her tactics to new enemies will be most the important skill for success in Magicka. For instance, your child may find that using the lightning bolt spell works well for dispatching goblins but not for giant spiders; giant spiders are more vulnerable to fire than lightning. Try dousing an enemy with water and then hitting them with lightning for extra damage or frost for an improved slow effect. Combat relies heavily on making adjustments like this. Encourage your child to get creative and try experimenting to see what works best in different circumstances.


Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Magicka's unique system of combat involves combing 8 different spell elements to cast a huge array of magical abilities.  Some of these abilities are preset spells like Time Warp, and other original spells can be created simply by mixing and matching spell elements. Using all of the spell elements together effectively has a huge impact on gameplay. Up to five spell elements can be combined to create new spells and the player will have to know how to best match these elements with one another. By organizing different elements together, the player can better manage her roster of spells and create a unique arnsenal for use in combat.

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